Quick Tips, Self-care & Stress, Time Management

Serenity Tip: Schedule Your Leisure Time

For the current serenity topic, my focus is on quality rest and relaxation. If you find your leisure time is constantly squeezed, or becomes a mere afterthought, how about adding it to your calendar like any other commitment?

Serenity Tip: Schedule Your Leisure

  • You can block out the time and set a reminder. Both tactics are proven to increase the chances you’ll do something as planned. This week, my calendar included two runs, lunch with a friend and an author book signing by happiness guru Gretchen Rubin. Guess what: they all happened.
  • For an extra nudge, schedule a leisure activity with a friend who will hold you accountable and make sure you show up.
  • Or, take yourself off to a park, library, coffee shop or other environment you find nourishing, where distractions are reduced.
  • You can even add your leisure activities to your to-do list. I’ve written before about the power a list can have over us – why not turn that to your advantage? For those of us who love to check (tick) tasks off, even go to bed early can work this way.

I challenge you to pull out your calendar and add at least one leisure activity to it. Let me know how it goes!


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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    September 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    What you say is true, Pauline. I need to start adding these things to my list. Today was a day that completely got away from me. As early as 5:00am, I could see it going off the rails!

    1. Reply
      Pauline
      September 29, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Jean, I’m so sorry the runaway train grabbed you at 5AM. I hope today is better!

  2. Reply
    Tracey Gemmell
    October 2, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Excellent idea! Thinking I should write all non-leisure activities in black and all leisure ones in cheerful, bright-colored ink.

    1. Reply
      Pauline
      October 2, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Great suggestion, Tracey. That would make it easy to see, at a glance, how many pleasurable activities are in your week.

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